Monday, May 25, 2009

Medieval Water Systems

This demon guy in the clouds is the medieval Mulholland.
William Mulholland was a water-services engineer in Southern California.
He was born in Belfast, Ireland and immigrated to New York City in the 1870s. Mulholland worked as a miner in Arizona Territory before moving to the city that would build his reputation, Los Angeles. He was fictionalized in the best movie ever made...Chinatown. written by robert towne, directed by roman polanski, produced by robert evans, starring jack nicholson and faye dunaway and john huston, soundtrack by jerry goldsmith. 1974.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Isle Of The Dead

Inspired by a fantasy book cover which was inspired by a painting(s) by Arnold Böcklin. It was believed to be inspired by the actual Greek island Pondikonissi. This painting, along with the Argentinian Science Fiction book Morel's Invention or The Invention Of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares (1940) were the inspiration for on eof my favorite films The Piano Tuner Of Earthquakes by the Quay Brothers.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Sir John Falstaff's Royal Lute (Leading To The Isle Of Dogs, Just South Of The West India Docks)

Sir John Falstaff is a fictional character who appears in three plays by William Shakespeare as a companion to Prince Hal, the future King Henry V. A fat, vainglorious, and cowardly knight, Falstaff leads the apparently wayward Prince Hal into trouble, but he is ultimately repudiated after Hal becomes king.

Monday, May 11, 2009

We Fell Asleep Singing Nearer My God To Thee And Awoke Shipwrecked Atop These Trees

"Nearer, My God, to Thee" is a 19th century Christian hymn based loosely on Genesis 28:11-19.
It is most famous as the alleged last song the band on RMS Titanic played before the ship sank.